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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Tsukuba, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall, Dormitory, On Campus Residence Hall Areas of Study: Kinesiology: Physical Education
Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: Summer GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Kinesiology, Kinesiology: Physical Education, Kinesiology: Sport, Fitness, and Health Program Education Abroad Coordinator: Nyya Jones
Program Description:




The Exploring Japan through Sport, Wellness and Culture course is designed to provide students with hands on, experiential activities that will foster an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior leaving for Japan, students will be exposed to the Japanese language and customs through lectures at Ohio State. Students will then participate in a two-week experience in Japan that will include participating in the Tsukuba Summer Institute (8 days) plus cultural excursions to Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and Nikko. The Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI) is an 8-day international seminar/workshop for undergraduate and graduate students in sport, physical activity and physical education from around the globe (over 15 different countries). TSI is held at the University of Tsukuba in the Ibaraki Prefecture, which is approximately one-hour northeast of Tokyo. During TSI students can participate in one of three learning tracks: (1) Sport, Physical Activity, and Culture in Japan, (2) International Development through Sport, or (3) Collaborative Research . Prior to and after TSI, students will visit Tokyo, Tsukuba Shrine, and the Shrines and Temples of Nikko to gain further understanding of Japan and Japanese History and Culture.

Expected Learning Outcomes

1. Gain a deeper understanding Japanese customs and culture as demonstrated through an oral presentation about the experience.
2. Develop an understanding of Judo, Kendo and Kyudo as demonstrated through active participation in TSI workshops.
3. Gain an understanding of the history and culture of Japan as demonstrated through reflections on cultural excursions.
4. Develop critical thinking and reflection skills relative to their personal wellness as demonstrated through a personal reflective journal or blog.
5. Gain an increased understanding of how sport, physical activity and wellness operates in and acts on society in Japan as demonstrated through active participation in TSI, personal reflections, and oral presentations.
6. Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and/or innovative research in sport, physical activity, and physical education by attending daily lectures from international scholars.
7. Gain a deeper understanding of different cultures as demonstrated through participation in multi-national groups in TSI activities.


The program will be primarily located in Tsukuba, Japan, with excursions to Tokyo and other locations in Japan.


Students will be housed in residence halls at the University of Tsukuba.

Resident Directors

Sue Sutherland
Associate Professor, Human Sciences Administration

Jackie Goodway
Professor, Human Sciences Administration

Education Abroad Coordinator

Nyya Jones



Courses and Credit

The Exploring Japan through Sport, Wellness and Culture program is a 3 credit hour course in Kinesiology 5795. This course is an undergraduate and graduate level course.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, good disciplinary standing, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $826 program fee, which will cover in-country transportation, accommodations, some group lunches and dinners, and entrance to all program sites and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, passport fees, immunizations, most meals and personal expenses.

This program has been graciously supported financially by the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Kubota Foundation, and the University of Tsukuba.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline. A limited amount of funding is available for this program, with priority going first to Kinesiology majors who are specializing in Physical Education/Sport Activity, then to all Kinesiology majors, then to all students within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Notice of scholarship awards specific to this program will go out by the program deadline, which is February 15, 2018. Please reach out to Nyya Jones ( with any questions on scholarships or funding for this program.




Information Sessions

Monday, January 22, 4:30-5:30pm in 234 PAES
Thursday, February 1, 2:30-3:30pm in 160 Enarson Classrooms Building



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


None at this time.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/22/2018
02/26/2018 07/05/2018 07/19/2018
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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